The days are noticeably shorter and after the heat dome in the summer, many of us are welcoming the autumn days that bring a cooler, but still warm, temperature outside. As a gardener, I am grateful for the harvest that is still coming. There are herbs for drying or crafts in the UCV Earth Spirituality herb garden.
The UCV pagan group is approximately 40 people in total. We connect with each other through an email list by sharing information and invitations. We encourage everyone to take initiative by sharing their knowledge and energy.
Our group plans to host two “public rituals” – celebrations for the sabbats (for example winter and summer solstice) that we will invite anyone in the community to attend.
We are also now coordinating small groups using the covenant group model. If you’re interested, fill out this form:
These groups will
- meet approximately monthly
- share leadership and responsibilities for the group
- once a year do a service project for the wider community
- determine their own topics and schedule for meetings
- once formed with 6-10 members will usually remain a closed group for a year
There are two upcoming sabbats (sun celebrations). If you want to plan a solitary or small group celebration with friends you’ll find lots of suggestions online for decorating your home, planning activities and readings.
Mabon – Autumn Equinox
This celebrates the second of three harvest periods. It’s a time of balance.
Samhain – Hallowe’en
This is the new year for pagans and when the veil is thinnest between the living and the dead.
UCV honours this time with a special worship service, Encountering Our Ancestors, and creating an Ancestors Shrine.
If you want to know the exact day and time of solstices, equinoxes and moon phases, we recommend this website: timeanddate.com